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Sep 1, 2010 6:00am EDT
just recently left. so it's pick up quite a bit for us. >> reporter: the first full day of "new dawn" is especially poin ye poignant for soldiers who have been here for years. >> i've been here through four tours. change i've seen made was remarkable. >> reporter: he was part of "invasion iraq" in 2003, then deployed twice during the most brutal fighting. >> it was really, really crazy for a couple years now. but now i look back at that and it is a breathtaking difference. >> it is a significant thing for a soldier to see iraqis he might have trained two years ago and they didn't have that much initiati initiative, they weren't that well trained, not that aggressive. now we're watching them, we're following them, he's getting paid back for the time he's spent here. >> more than 4,400 american troops died fighting "operation iraqi freedom," another 4,000 were wounded. when you look back at your experience in '05, '06, '07, was it worth it? >> absolutely. there are a lot of individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice. a lot of soldiers here lack soldier's faces and the people i w
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